Shire Production Planner in Lessines (Baxalta), Belgium


  • Develop detailed Packaging plan at a defined frequency (weekly) that is in alignment with RCCP (capacity planning)

  • Validate with the Supply analysts the demand requirements

  • Coordinate and validate the weekly planning with procurement team

  • Review the planning with production packaging team , logistic team and quality team on a set frequency (weekly), propose adjustments to supply analyst if needed, and finalize detailed packaging planning. Communicate the final packaging planning to manufacturing operations to ensure alignment.

  • Issue and maintain work orders in ERP system.

  • Participate in Monthly Rough Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP) .

  • Plan and support clinical product introduction, product launches in new countries (geographic expansion) and/or product enhancements.

  • Secondary contact for planned sample requirements and/or planned stability study requirements to be considered in the volume planning.

  • Manage special packaging requests, repackaging, bulk pack for stability and/or clinical requests.


  • Collect, analyze, create/update, and report supply chain key business metrics (i.e. planning changes, target stock empty vials, visual inspection ) on a required frequency (i.e. daily/weekly).

  • Ensure cycle time optimization (scheduling linked to end of Incubation process)

  • Prepare the capacity meeting for packaging and visual inspection

  • Reconcile SWFIS (Sterile Water For Injection ) inventories to meet business needs.

  • Report all deviations from the committed timelines and raise the flag on any raw material limitations to the next level up.


  • Lead continuous improvement projects and support initiatives within supply chain value stream ( i.e. planning tool)

  • Participate in daily production Tier 1 meetings.

May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements



  • B.A./B.Sc. in Engineering/Science/Business Administration/Supply Chain or an equivalent field or experience

  • 0-3+ years of technical operations experience in supply chain or relevant experience

  • 3-5+ years of experience in ERP systems


  • Experience in a planning tool

  • Lean/six sigma certification preferred

  • APICS CSCP or CPIM certification preferred.

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

  • Must be in line with Shire values and competencies to be customer focused, respectful, of high integrity, be open and honest, and excellent in execution

  • Must work independently and be self-motivated

  • Must have demonstrated team-oriented, process-oriented, and solution-oriented skills

  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office suite and Excel

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and multi-tasking skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment in which priorities may rapidly change

  • Demonstrated experience in a biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing environment

  • Strong supply planning skills of multiple complex product lines

  • Strong lean skill set in driving continuous improvement across the entire product value stream thru teams

  • Strong MRP/ERP/JDE knowledge

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Report all deviations from the committed timelines to the next level up.

  • Elevate any raw materials/components issues to the next level up.

  • Review metrics and take action. If issues are not resolved escalate to the next level up.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Internal Contact: Technical Operations team at the site, Supply Chain analysts, MRP team,logistic team, quality team

External Contact: N/A

  • Other Requirements

5% travel may be required to travel for business reasons (i.e. training, meetings, e.t.c.)

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